Commonhealth – George Monbiot

Good reading! Please read the whole article on loneliness…but I think the persecution of smokers, disconnecting them from social life has CAUSED a lot of loneliness. Tobacco Control have shattered a once supportive society – especially in the UK, and especially for older people, not brainwashed, by anti smoking ideology. Smokers have become lonely by law! And carers are not “allowed” to enter homes where they might be infected by Second Hand Smoke.

A famous paper published in PloS Medicine in 2010 reviewed 148 studies, involving 300,000 people, and discovered that those with strong social relationships had a 50% lower chance of death across the average study period (7.5 years) than those with weak connections. “The magnitude of this effect,” the paper reports, “is comparable with quitting smoking”. A celebrated study in 1945 showed that children in orphanages died through lack of human contact. Now we know that the same thing can apply to all of us.

Source: Commonhealth – George Monbiot

In Defense of Low Fat: A Call for Some Evolution of Thought (Part 1)

This is a wonderful post! I want to keep it. So I hope you don’t mind if I archive it on my site

Denise Minger

Not a typo.

Not April Fool’s Day.

Not a spontaneous and mystical possession by the spirit of George McGovern.

Not even a social experiment to see how many people I can get to unsubscribe from this blog in the span of a day (PLEASE STAY, I LOVE YOU).

Maybe a little bit of this, though:


Oh, Homer!

Over a year ago, I gave a presentation at the Ancestral Health Symposium called “Lessons From the Vegans: What the Paleo Movement Can Learn From the Success of Plant-Based Diets.” In retrospect, I probably should’ve called it “Lessons from the Low-Fatters: What the Paleo Movement Can Learn from the Success of People Who Eat Ridiculous Amounts of Carbs and Don’t Keel Over,” but that was too long for the conference brochure. And for my verbally dyslexic mouth. And also, I didn’t know it was really going to be about fat until I fell…

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Is it time we stop eating meat to save our lives?

Recently, there has been a new surge of people becoming vegan – not eating animal products. Many people do it out of consideration for the animals.

But perhaps we should consider ourselves – and our own future.

We are reaping the Karma of our selfish greed for meat, meat, meat and more meat – and perhaps it IS time to indicate en mass, that the way we treat and eat animals, is not an option anymore.

Infections that were once easy to quash now threaten our lives. Doctors warn that routine procedures, such as caesareans, hip replacements and chemotherapy, could one day become impossible, due to the risk of exposing patients to deadly infection. Already, in the European Union alone, 25,000 people a year are killed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Yet our last defences – the rare drugs to which bacteria have not yet become immune – are being squandered with wild abandon. While most doctors seek to use them precisely and parsimoniously, some livestock farms literally slosh them around. They add them to the feed and water supplied to entire herds of cattle, pigs or poultry: not to treat illness, but to prevent it.

Or not even that. In the 1950s, farmers discovered that small quantities of antibiotics added to feed make animals grow faster. Using antibiotics as growth promoters – low doses routinely applied – is a perfect formula for generating bacterial resistance. Yet many countries continue to permit this reckless practice. The US Food and Drug Administration asks drug companies voluntarily to refrain from labelling antibiotics as growth promoters. But with a nod and a wink, it suggests they be rebranded for “new therapeutic indications”. Around 75% of the antibiotics used in the US are fed to farm animals. Our city is under siege, and we are knocking down our own defences.

The EU and the UK are no paragons. The Guardian has revealed that both pork and chicken sold here are infected with resistant superbugs. Outrageously, it is still legal in the UK to dose chickens with fluoroquinolones, powerful antibiotics that save many human lives: a practice even the US has banned.

But in other respects, the US, whose corporate livestock production looks more like HG Wells’s The Island of Doctor Moreau than anything you’d recognise as farming, makes our methods seem virtuous. Last week, the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics revealed that the US uses on average roughly five times as many antibiotics per animal as the UK does.

Why? Because the stack ‘em high, sell ‘em low model of farming there, in which vast numbers of animals are reared in appalling conditions in megafarms, cannot be sustained without mass medication. The animals are weaned so young, are so debilitated and so crowded that extreme methods are required to keep them alive and growing. The impacts are not confined to the US: when America sneezes, the world catches antibiotic-resistant Salmonella.

There’s an urgent need for a global ban on the mass treatment of livestock with antibiotics, and on any use of the antibiotics of last resort in farming. Tough as this is for the economics of megafarms, human life is more important. But the opposite is happening. The US government hopes to use trade treaties to break down the resistance of other nations to its farming practices. And the UK is at the top of its list.


But besides a ban on the mass treatment of animals with antibiotics, there is another way.

If we don’t buy, they can’t sell!

What about THAT?

What causes heart disease part 46

Wonderful post! I have reblogged it to my archive site site, if you don’t mind? Thank you for all the hard work you put in!

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

14th February 2018

The mind

The final big-ticket item on my list, of how to avoid CVD and live longer, is poor social interactions, and the strain caused by them, or whatever you want to call this rather difficult to define area. Here we have a whole range of different, interconnected, issues. Childhood abuse, family breakup, abusive partner, financial difficulties, abusive and bullying boss at work, social isolation, mental health issues, loneliness, no sense of being part of a supportive family or group – religious or otherwise.

The simple fact is that we humans are social animals. We require nurture and support by others. We need a sense of belonging, a sense of value and purpose. We need to be loved, not hit, or shouted at, or bullied, or treated with contempt.

When I first started looking at CVD, this was the area that I focussed on. It seemed obvious…

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Test yourself on your plastic usage

I failed


How about you?

From the Mail Online – LINK

How much waste will you produce this year? 


HOW many new plastic bags do you pull off a roll to use every week? (Include sandwich bags, freezer bags, pedal bin bags, dustbin liners and so on.)

A) None, I usually re-use old bags

B) About five

C) About ten

D) About 15

Do YOU have a pod coffee maker? If so, how many cups do you make a day?

A) None

B) Just one

C) Two to three

D) Five-plus

Do YOU have a pod coffee maker? If so, how many cups do you make a day?

Do YOU have a pod coffee maker? If so, how many cups do you make a day?

HOW often do you use cling film?

A) Never

B) Once a week

C) Once a day

D) Two or three times a day

HOW many plastic bottles of cleaning materials do you have under the kitchen sink? (Include washing-up liquid, floor cleaner, laundry detergent, fabric conditioner, stain remover, bleach etc.)

A) None

B) Fewer than five

C) Five to ten

D) More than ten

How many plastic food/drink containers find their way into your bin each week? (Include milk, squash, fizzy drinks, ketchup, mayonnaise, water, juice etc.)

A) None

B) Up to five

C) Five to ten

D) Ten to 15

Do YOU use other small plastics such as pegs, stock pods, scourers, washing-up brushes and individually wrapped dishwasher tablets?

A) No

B) Occasionally

C) Regularly

D) A lot


Mostly A: Well done, that’s amazing.

Mostly B: Not bad, but you accumulate enough unnecessary waste plastic to fill three large bath tubs a year.

Mostly C: Your excess plastic would fill a small car in a year.

Mostly D: You are a heavy plastic user and your unnecessary trash would fill a large Transit van in a year.


HOW often do you drink through a plastic straw?

A) Never — I’m not a toddler

B) Occasionally, perhaps once a month

C) Every week

D) Every day

HOW often do you buy a drink in a plastic bottle?

A) Never

B) Roughly once a week

C) Pretty much every day

D) More than once a day

Do YOU regularly buy takeaway coffee or tea?

A) No — or if I do, I take my own cup

B) Maybe once a week

C) Every morning

D) Two or three times a day

How often do you buy takeaway sandwiches or salad in a plastic shell?

A) Never

B) Maybe once a week

C) Every day

D) More than once a day

Do YOU regularly buy takeaway coffee or tea?

Do YOU regularly buy takeaway coffee or tea?

Do YOU use plastic cutlery/stir sticks?

A) No

B) Very occasionally

C) Perhaps once a week

D) Pretty much every day

How often do you order a takeaway, which is then delivered in plastic tubs?

A) Never

B) Less than once a month

C) Once a week

D) Four to five times a week


Mostly A: Congratulations, you are doing your bit to save the world.

Mostly B: That’s enough plastic to overflow your bath in a year.

Mostly C: You gather enough waste plastic to fill a car in a year.

Mostly D: Your takeaway plastic trash would fill a mini skip in a year.


How many pieces of plastic are involved in your teeth-washing ritual? (Include toothpaste, floss/dental sticks, mouthwash and brush.)

A) None

B) Two (brush and toothpaste)

C) Three (add floss)

D) Four to five (add mouthwash and dental sticks)

How many plastic bottles do you take in the shower? (Include shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, shaving foam, exfoliator, cleanser etc.)

A) None

B) One

C) Two to three

D) Four

Is THERE a liquid soap dispenser at every sink in your home? If so, how many are there?

How many plastic bottles do you take in the shower?

How many plastic bottles do you take in the shower?

A) No, I use solid soap

B) Yes, one

C) Yes, two to three

D) Yes, four to five

Do YOU use a disposable razor? If so, how often do you replace it?

A) No, I don’t use one

B) Use occasionally

C) Use a new one each week

D) Use a new razor every day

How many different plastic bottles of bathroom/lavatory/shower cleaner do you regularly use?

A) None

B) One

C) Two

D) Three

If YOU use make-up, how many plastic items are in your regular-use make-up bag?

A) None

B) Up to Five

C) Five to seven

D) Seven to ten

How many plastic bottles/tubes are incorporated into your night-time ablutions? (Include moisturisers, serums, eye creams etc.)

A) None

B) One or two

C) Three or four

D) Five or more

How many plastic bottles/tubes are incorporated into your night-time ablutions?

How many plastic bottles/tubes are incorporated into your night-time ablutions?

Do YOU use cotton buds? If so, how many?

A) No

B) Yes, but mine have cardboard stems

C) Up to four per week

D) One to two per day


Mostly A: Oh, you’re good!

Mostly B: That’s enough to fill a large kitchen pedal bin in a year.

Mostly C: You’d easily fill a big bin bag until it was fit to burst in a year.

Mostly D: You’re accumulating enough plastic to fill a wheelie bin in a year.


How many new plastic bags — from disposable carrier bags to bags to put fruit and veg in — do you use for each weekly grocery shop?

A) None — I take reusable bags

B) About five bags

C) Ten bags

D) More than ten bags

How many rigid plastic trays come home with you as part of your grocery shopping each week? (Include the plastic tray beneath cuts of meat or fruit and veg, plus plastic cartons for yoghurt, hummus and coleslaw etc.)

A) Fewer than five

B) Five to ten

C) Ten to 15

D) 15-20

How many pieces of flimsy plastic food wrapping do you accumulate each week? (Include fruit and veg wrapping, bread wrapping, frozen food bags etc.)

A) None

B) Up to ten

C) Ten to 20

D) 30 plus

How often do you receive an online purchase swathed in bubble wrap or plastic padding?

A) Never

B) Once a month

C) Once a week

D) Two to three times a week


Mostly A: Hats off! You’ve clearly been avoiding plastic for some time.

Mostly B: That’s enough plastic to overflow four bath tubs in a year.

Mostly C: You’d fill more than three large shopping trolleys with empty bottles and bags in a year.

Mostly D: You’d fill your entire car with plastic twice over in a year.

YOUR TOTAL — and improvable —PLASTIC SCORE:

Mostly A: You are doing everything you can to minimise your plastic footprint.

Mostly B: Your plastic consumption might be relatively light, but it soon adds up. Over the course of a year you could be unnecessarily accumulating enough waste plastic — 47kg — from the items listed above to fill a phone box.

Mostly C: There’s definitely plenty of scope for you to cut back on your plastic as you currently get through 105kg without realising it. That’s enough to fill a large skip each year.

Mostly D: You are certainly a heavy user of plastic, gathering more than 190kg each year. This is enough to fill an entire bathroom. Every step you take to reduce your impact counts.

Massimo Pigliucci Shows Us How To Recognize Scientism

Here is a really excellent take on “Scientism”

Please read the article – it’s here, archived for some future thought….with some excellent guidance points to ‘know’ who is a scientistic scientism promoter!


Science is a particular ensemble of epistemic and social practices — including a more or less faulty system of peer review, granting agencies, academic publications, hiring practices, and so on. This is different from “science” as it was done by Aristotle, or even by Galileo. There is a continuity, of course, between its modern incarnation and its historical predecessors, as well as between it and other fields (mathematics, logic, philosophy, history, and so forth).

But when scientistic thinkers pretend that any human activity that has to do with reasoning about facts is “science” they are attempting a bold move of naked cultural colonization, defining everything else either out of existence or into irrelevance. >>>>>>>

Source: Massimo Pigliucci Shows Us How To Recognize Scientism